The possibility exists that new forms of cybercrime will emerge with evolving technology. New cyber laws should therefore be introduced to respond to these rapid changes, especially as they will impact different sectors and groups differently. In this regard it is critical that children and marginalised groups including women’s needs and issues are highlighted to ensure laws work to protect them and promote their rights. We also draw attention to the fact that the needs of other women and girls are also ignored in the Bill. Issues of online gender based violence need to be addressed.

There should also be continuous research and training of IT security personnel, finance services sector personnel, police officers, prosecutors and the judiciary to keep them abreast of advancing computer technology. At the end of the day, a balanced approach that considers the protection of fundamental human rights and the need for the effective prosecution of cybercrimes is the way forward.
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